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## Maths GCSE

I started this blog so that I could help my children with their Math GCSE homework. This section includes my notes as I worked through the GCSE syllabus. I soon discovered that there are many free online resources– and most of them are video based. I’ve added links to many of these resources/videos.

### Unit 1 Statistics and Number

1. Data Collection

2. Fractions Decimals and Percentages

3. Interpreting and Representing Data

4. Range and Averages

5. Probability

6. Cumulative Frequency (inc box plots)

7. Ratio and Proportion

8. Complex Calculations and Accuracy

### Unit 2 Number and Algebra

9. Estimation and Currency Conversion

10. Factors Powers & Roots

11. Fractions

12. Basic Algebra

13. Decimals

14. Equations and Inequalities

15. Formulae

16. Indices and Standard Form

17. Sequences and Proof

18. Percentages

19. Linear Graphs

20. Quadratic Equations

21. Further Algebra

### Unit 3 Geometry and Algebra

22. Angles and Bearings

23. Triangles, polygons and constructions

## Primary School

I also became interested in how maths/numeracy is taught in primary schools. I’d never quite understood the need for new (to me!) methods such as ‘number lines’, the ‘grid method’ and ‘chunking’. Once I understood the thinking behind these methods, I could see why many teachers and, more importantly, pupils find them useful.

1. How to Learn Your Times Tables Fast (up to ten times table).

2. How to Learn the 11 Times Table.

3. How to Learn the 12 Times Table.

4. Multiplication using the Grid Method (including decimals).

5. Multiplication using the Lattice Method (including decimals).

6. How to Add Fractions in 5 Simple Steps.

7. How to Subtract Fractions in 5 Simple Steps.

8. How to Multiply Fractions in 4 Simple Steps.

9. How to Divide Fractions in 5 Simple Steps.

## Mature Students/Private Candidates

At one point I planned to sit the Math GCSE exam myself but I thought better of it. I have my ‘O Level’ and I decided that the purpose of the blog was to help my children (and share information and resources with others). I did find out how to take Maths GCSE as a private candidate and I also found some useful links that provide government assistance (advice and possibly financial assistance).

1. Government Assistance.

2. Applying to take Maths GCSE

5. Finding a Local Exam Centre to sit Maths GCSE

6. Changes to the Maths GCSE syallabus from 2010

## Videos

There are many great videos available. I did notice one or two gaps including a simple video to explain how to learn your times tables. My videos are certainly short (typically less than 2 minutes). The times table video has been very popular– approximately 250,000 views!

1. How to Learn Your Times Tables Fast.

2. How to Multiply Using the Grid Method.

### Fractions Videos (Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide)

Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions is not difficult but there are certain steps to follow in each case. If you know these steps or rules then you will have no problems. The best way to memorise the steps is to just work through some examples.

3. How to Add Fractions in 5 Easy Steps

4. How to Subtract Fractions in 5 Easy Steps

5. How to Multiply Fractions in 4 Easy Steps

6. How to Divide Fractions in 5 Easy Steps

## Resources

Teaching AQA GCSE maths — www.aqagcsemaths.wordpress.com

This is really aimed at teachers but I’ve found it useful. Particularly impressed by their Sherlock Holmes episodes (would be great if all Maths lessons could be like this!).

**Specimen Papers**

These are links to specimen papers for the AQA’s new GCSE syllabus (2010)- first sitting June 2012:-

Foundation Level

Unit 1F Statistics and Number Question Paper

Unit 1F Statistics and Number Mark Scheme

Unit 2F Number and Algebra Question Paper

Unit 2F Number and Algebra Mark Scheme

Unit 3F Geometry and Algebra Question Paper

Unit 3F Geometry and Algebra Mark Scheme

Higher Level

Unit 1H Statistics and Number Question Paper

Unit 1H Statistics and Number Mark Scheme

Unit 2H Number and Algebra Question Paper

Unit 2H Number and Algebra Mark Scheme